BURNETT COUNTY -- A criminal complaint has been filed in Burnett County Circuit Court against Siren Police Chief Christopher Sybers charging him with 4th Degree Sexual Assault.
On July 7, 2021, the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office received information that a woman had allegedly been sexually assaulted by Sybers. The Sheriff’s Office contacted the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and requested that due to conflict of interest, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office conduct an investigation into the allegations.
Polk County Sheriff’s Investigators met with the alleged victim on July 8, 2021, for an interview. The alleged victim stated that around Thanksgiving 2020 she was at the Pheasant Inn in Siren, WI with her boyfriend, and they were seated at the bar. The alleged victim said that Sybers then arrived at the Pheasant Inn and was not in police uniform. The alleged victim stated that she became nervous because she knew that Sybers was the Siren Police Chief and that she was on probation at that time and was prohibited from being in a bar or consuming alcohol.
Sybers acknowledged the alleged victim’s presence at the Pheasant Inn along with other patrons of the Inn and stated “You don't have to worry, I'm just a regular person today”, according to the criminal complaint filed against him. The alleged victim stated that she also heard Sybers talking about how he had taken some time off work.
The alleged victim walked over to the jukebox after a short time had passed by and Sybers followed her. Sybers engaged the alleged victim in a conversation, commenting that he was proud of her for the changes she had made in her life. The criminal complaint goes on to state that Sybers continued to talk about how he had taken time off work and that the alleged victim and their friends had nothing to worry about.
Sybers asked the alleged victim if he could give the victim a hug, and she consented. She told Investigators that she put her arms around Sybers neck and shoulders. Sybers put his arms around her upper waist, and then almost immediately, she felt Sybers’ hand move to her buttock and then squeeze it.
The alleged victim’s boyfriend saw this happen and approached. According to the criminal complaint, her boyfriend began to confront Sybers about what had just happened, and then the alleged victim explained that Sybers was the Siren Police Chief and got her boyfriend to calm down. She then returned to the bar with her boyfriend.
A short time later, Sybers approached her at the bar, and put a “wad” of money on the bar, and told her that the money was for "grabbing her butt" and then walked away.
Investigators interviewed the bartender who was working at the Pheasant Inn on the date of the incident. The bartender did not see the alleged assault occur, according to the criminal complaint, but did recall a disturbance between Sybers and the alleged victim’s boyfriend.
When Investigators interviewed the alleged victim’s boyfriend, he stated that he remembered seeing Sybers grab the alleged victim’s buttocks and then later give her cash.
Sybers is charged with Misdemeanor 4th Degree Sexual Assault. Online circuit court records show that Sybers is scheduled to have an initial appearance on his charges in November 2021.
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